St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno, Nevada

Altar mural

Altar mural

Name of Church St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

Address 310 West 2nd Street, Reno NV 89503

Phone number (775) 329-2571

Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 5 p.m.; 7 p.m. (Spanish).  Weekdays, 7 a.m. & 12:10 p.m., Monday – Friday; 7:30 a.m., Saturday

Confessions Thursday, 5:45 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m.

Names of priests The parish is staffed by Conventual Franciscan priests: Friars Francisco Nahoe, rector, Joseph Kim, parochial vicar, John Heinz, in residence. The pastor, Father Nahoe, joined with Fraternity of St. Peter priests to celebrate the Tridentine Mass at the 2014 Walk for Life in San Francisco.

School The school has closed.  The building is still there, but is used for other purposes.



Special parish groups Legion of Mary; Divine Mercy devotion and benediction, Thursdays; Friars Pantry; Senior Ministry; Men of St. Joseph’s

Fellow parishioners Besides the locals, the church draws many visitors, who stay in the nearby hotels.

Parking Not a problem, the lot is on the south corner of the property.

Acoustics Generally good; some homilists project better than others.

Cry room No.

Additional observations  St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese of Reno.  It is a traditional-style church built in 1908.  There are stained glass windows, ab altar mural depicting the saints, and entrance doors covered in copper (from local mines).  The mural was created by Edith and Isabel Piczek, who are known for their church art.  There is a religious goods gift shop open daily; hours vary day-to-day.



  1. St. Christopher says:

    This is not the “Spanish Catholic Church” but the “Roman Catholic Church.” Stop the Spanish Masses, as the use of the vernacular is madness. Latin is the formal, and unifying, language of the Church. It is the language of the Saints, not Tuareg, Portugese, Mandarin, Hmong-Mien, Maxakalian, Haida, Khoisan, Arafundi, or many, many others. Stop it! This insane practice belittles centuries of Catholic Tradition, centuries of beyond brave Apostles, disciples, and Saints traveling to foreign and hostile countries, all — all — saying Mass, and providing the Sacraments in Latin. Of course, translating scripture and other Church writings into local languages is also time-honored; but not the Sacraments. But, the Church is dying anyway, except for Tradition, so the Angel of Death will have the final edit, as it were. Surely it is not too difficult a concept for priests to preach in the local vernacular but reserve their in persona Christi role to one practice, to one language, as their brother priests in history have done.

    • Why didn’t your post say, “Stop the English and Spanish Masses?” Why do you key on the Spanish?

      I’m so happy to read the postings of one who apparently knows better than Holy Mother the Church. Because the Church has said that Mass can be in the vernacular. I prefer Latin, but nobody put me in charge.

      Nothing is so Traditional as loyalty to the Pope and submitting oneself humbly to the teachings and disciplines of the Church–even when we don’t particularly like them.

      • Ann Malley says:

        There is nothing disloyal or untraditional about honest discussion based upon the observable fruits of certain practices, Gwen. Much of what is ‘allowed’ by way of practice is not a prescript of law or encouraged by the Pope.

        Differences in language have historically divided peoples and nations. And still do!

    • Couldn’t agree more.

      Odd that the pastor, Fr. Nahoe, offers such a beautiful Mass in the EF at the Walk for Life at the Shrine of St. Francis yet doesn’t appear to offer it at the cathedral in Reno.
      Colleen, if you live “just across the border” you could travel down to St. Stephen the First Martyr in Sacramento (43rd one block north of Fruitridge). And you would meet some very nice people during the generous coffee hour after Masses.

      • Anonymous says:

        I would love to go to St. Stephen, but I don’t live in the Tahoe area. I am at least 5 hours from Sac.! (sigh) I am across the border north of Reno and nearly 2 hours from Reno.
        Seems I heard that the reason Fr. Nahoe restricts his TLM’s is due to the Bishop not approving. When there is a Bishop who allows priests at Little Flower to add to the Mass, such as joking with the alter servers during Mass, and other surprising additions, it’s not terribly surprising that he takes the stance he does with the TLM. Have you seen the local televised Mass?
        The TLM is available everyday at from the FSSP in FL.

  2. Bob One says:

    Another call for increasing the number of people who do not attend Mass on weekends. Those few people who want a Latin Mass should have that opportunity, but leave the other 99.9% of us attend the Ordinary form of the Mass.

    • Canisius says:

      Hey Bob One are you in league with awful Cdl Dolan and his war on the TLM….your contempt for it shows you would be great ally of his….Of course he keeps the gay masses … I have lost 2 TLM at 2 different parishes due to workings of this horrible man… to think I now have to drive to Connecticut to attend a TLM after tomorrow…way to go Vatican 2 hollowing out the Church like never before…

      • Canisius, you got it wrong again. In the above comment I stated that those who want a TLM should have it available. Evidently we agree on something! 🙂

        • Canisius says:

          I am never wrong Bob One,,, ever your contempt for the TLM is evident in your posts… how …recently you stated you stated that you do know why anyone would attend mass in a language they don’t understand… I respond again, we love Our Lord enough to study Latin and learn the rubrics… I never agree with liberals Bob One… ever

        • Anonymous says:

          ’cause ya know, Jesus loved his Father so much he learned latin and taught it to his apostles.

  3. We also have a Traditional Latin Mass on the first Friday of each month at 6:30 (not July, because the first Friday is the 4th). We often have TLMs on other occasions. We had a TLM on Easter Sunday, and on Pentecost and Corpus Christi Sundays at 5:00. We have a Solemn High Mass in the EF planned for Friday July 25th at 6:30 p.m. Check our Facebook page for details and updates!

    Also, the Saturday 7:30 a.m. daily Mass is usually chanted in Latin according to the Ordinary Form.

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you for the information on the TLM! I live across the border, but will plan to participate. I had no idea the TLM was available. Too bad it is kept such a secret.

  4. St. Christopher says:

    “Gwen,” this may mean something to those that attend, but it is not enough and it is not in keeping with Summorum Pontificum; letter and spirit. Bishops, almost all, despise Tradition, loving the man-made, and, some say, man-worshipping, new mass. Comments like those from “Bob One” are so completely wrong, and obviously wrong, as to represent willful ignorance. It is almost always in churches and parishes and religious orders that embrace Tradition that there is growth, and re-commitment to the Faith. Sitting in a feminized mass, where women are normally front and center in everything (except the actual consecration), and experiencing the dumbing-down of the Faith so that no one really believes in Catholic teachings any more (including many, many priests), leads to a willingness to change or be led by others demanding change. This is why homofascists demand that only the N. O. be performed, from this comes the willingness to change everything else. Just a generation or two ago, many Catholics knew basic prayers in Latin and it was easy to know what the priest was saying and doing at the TLM — easy, as all missals had English/’Latin translation. The post-Vatican II Church is a completely new, revolutionary new, Church.

  5. mike magee says:

    I personally think Latin Masses should be readily available as long as there is some reasonable level of attendance. . Latin was the vernacular of the early Church times, used for both Church and Civil matters.

    I think Cal catholic is simply doing a service listing the vernacular language of a particular Liturgy. I speak American English and enough Spanish to squeak by. Even though people would likely be polite, I would feel out of place if , because of lack of information, I showed up at one of these churches and the liturgy was in a third language.

  6. St. Christopher says:

    “mike magee” you are likely well-intended, but there can never be a “but” or “if” or “as long as” when it comes to providing for the TLM. The Mass of All Time does not need apologies or conditions, and can never exist where they exist. In fact, this is why apostasy-loving bishops/cardinals, such as Cardinal Dolan, keep the TLM out of their diocese, whey whine that (1) no one wants them, (2) no priest is competent to say one, and (3) the church is not constructed for one. None of these excuses is recognized in Summorum Pontificum/Universae Ecclesiae. Further, #1 is met by recognizing that people, over time, were forced to “learn” the Novus Ordo, and all can learn the TLM, with a little time and proper education; #2, there are courses to give existing priests enough to say this, and all seminaries should now teach how to say the TLM and how to understand Latin (please read Veterum Sapientia); and, #3, this is the result of the wide-spread use of “brutalist” architecture to create ugly and non-Catholic, Catholic churches, plus that many bishops, such as Bishop Loverde (Arlington, VA Diocese) forbid altar rails in new church construction. But look at what wonderful Bishop Paprocki (Springfield IL Diocese) very recently did: issuing a command that all dioceses (with very few examples) be retrofitted with a centrally located Tabernacle.

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